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Fayetteville May Soon Provide 'Wild' Ride For Kayakers, Rafters

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FAYETTEVILLE — It may seem a little out of the water, but the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is hoping to turn Cross Creek into a wild ride.

Business leaders are making plans to offer whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing in the downtown creek. Right now, the creek is shallow and fairly calm, but by widening the creek and releasing water from Glenville Lake, organizers say you could ride the rapids.

"The more people that come there, the more money spent in the area so it's two-fold -- one for tourism and the second is an environmental issue," says businessman Gary Smith.

Because releasing water would help clean it, organizers are not ruling out paying for this $5 million project with some storm water grants. They hope to have the idea flowing by 2003.


Melissa Buscher, Reporter
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